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Police Services Dispute Continues

Washtenaw County, MI – Washtenaw County will continue to provide police services to three townships that do not have contracts. Those three will also pay the same rate as other communities.
The county board of commissioners' ways and means committee tabled a proposal Wednesday night that would have required Augusta, Salem, and Ypsilanti townships to sign four-year contracts for sheriff's department services, or to contract month-to-month at a higher cost.
The committee tabled the proposal until its first meeting in June, hoping the three townships will offer a counter proposal.
The townships have sued the county over the issue of police services contracts.
Attorney Doug Winters represents Ypsilanti and Salem townships. He says the judge in the case has already made it clear that the county can't punish the three townships by charging them more than others for the same services while the case is being appealed.
County commissioner Leah Gunn says the county will win the legal battle, and commissioner Jeff Irwin accused the townships of stalling by taking the case to every court they can.